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Grand Sonniere Striking Clock | Tick Tock Thursday

Its Tick Tock Thursday and this week has seen us fully restore an early Grand Sonniere Striking Austrian clock from the Bedermeier period. This particular clock did look very sorry for itself with worn case, missing mother of pearl and very worn movement. Dating from around c1820. Grand Sonniere clocks whilst short in duration clocks were prized for there fine complicated movements. The case has been repaired and re-ebonized, the delicate mother of pearl has also been cleaned and replaced where needed. These early clocks are not to be confused with the later mass produced models as these are totally hand made. The miniature movement is rammed with wheels and levers therefore there isn’t much room for everything to work as it should! This clock also features a pull repeat and also an ingenious “silence” lever hidden in the dial surround. It is now for sale! Interested?

grand sonniere striking clock. a black clock with pillars holding up the clock face from both sides. a pendulum dangles below the middle of the clock face
Movement in place
sonniere clock movement on base of clock
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Grand sonniere clock face

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Table Regulator – 18th century | Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen us restore a very fine and rare precision table regulator of French manufacture. Dating from the Charles X period (1824 – 1830), This piece is in outstanding condition.

The case of this table regulator is veneered in exotic Bubinga and inlaid with contrasting Box Wood. Overall it produces a wonderful case which is glazed on all sides. The front and rear glasses being accessed by removing the pegged top and sliding the glass out. It has been constructed to minimise the ingress of dirt and dust.

The finely made and complicated 14 day duration movement is signed Nicole Paris and has a very large visible escape wheel with dead beat escapement mounted outside the back plate . There is micro adjustment for the beat adjustment. The size of the escapement allows the half second beat pendulum to allow the sweep second hand to rotate once in 60 seconds. The good quality pendulum has nine rod gridiron compensation.

The 4 3/4 inch silvered brass dial unusually displays day and date subsidiary calendar dials and is retained in a finely cast bezel of 6 1/4 inches in diameter which retains all of its original gilding. 

Please don’t confuse this hand made precision clock with the factory made mass produced items sold later in the Century. I doubt that this particular type clock was replicated.

It is 24 inches tall , 12 1/2 inches wide and 9 1/2 inches deep at the base.

Table regulator. a dark wood with an orange edge highlight, gold face rim and god pendulum, the face of the clock itself is silver in colour.

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A Georgian Mahogany Chamfer Top Bracket Clock

Symms Cheltenham Bracket Clock| Clock of the Week

A lovely Georgian Chamfer Topped Striking Mahogany Bracket clock with Pull Repeat by Symms of Cheltenham.

The Mahogany case has a most wonderful original finish to it. Achieved by carefully removing the layers of dust and grime to reveal the original shellac finish. This clock has not been re-polished. The brass bound corner pieces and Brass corner edging give this clock a pleasing look and balance the symmetry. The piece is finished off with the ebony milled pattern to the top and bottom. Sitting on its original ball feet the clock stands 50cm tall. The Fish scale side frets are typical of this date and I have re-silked them in a pleasing regency green. I have kept the original silk if you would like them reinstalled ( however, they are a little tatty).

The five Knopped pillar movement is substantially made and has been fully restored by me. Featuring a double fusee striking movement utilising a rack and independent snail for the strike ensures that the repeat function strikes the hour up to a couple of minutes before the next arrives. The anchor escapement drives a heavy lenticular bobbed pendulum with a micro adjustment screw above for regulation.
The Convex dial is signed Symms Cheltenham and is identical to the engraving on the movement plate. This dial is fitted into a separate brass bezel that itself fits snuggly into the convex glazed door.
I would date this clock to around c1825.

This piece and many others are currently available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

Unfortunately this piece has been purchased. However we still have many pieces available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

Symms Cheltenham Clock | Tick Tock Thursday

This week’s horological shenanigans have seen us finish a wonderful George III mahogany chamfer top bracket clock by Symms Cheltenham. This lovely Striking Mahogany Bracket clock with Pull Repeat was made around c1825. This design of clock fell out of favour by the 1840s.
The Mahogany case has a most wonderful original finish to it that has been achieved by carefully removing the layers of dust and grime to reveal the original shellac finish. This clock has not been re-polished. The brass bound corner pieces and Brass corner edging gives this clock a pleasing look and balances the symmetry and is finished off with the ebony milled pattern to the top and bottom. Sitting on its original ball feet the clock stands 50cm tall to the top of the gilt pineapple. the Fish scale side frets are typical of this date and I have re-silked them in a pleasing regency green. I have kept the original silk. ( however, they are a little tatty). 

The five Knopped pillar movement is substantially made and has been fully restored by me. Featuring a double fusee striking movement utilising a rack and independent snail for the strike ensures that the repeat function strikes the hour up to a couple of minutes before the next arrives. The anchor escapement drives a heavy lenticular bobbed pendulum with a micro adjustment screw above for regulation.

The Convex dial is signed Symms Cheltenham and is identical to the engraving on the movement plate. This dial is fitted into a separate brass bezel that itself fits snuggly into the convex glazed door.
This clock is available if your interested. Enjoy

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Regulator with Calendar

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regulator with calendar full case

Striking Longcase Regulator with calendar and the age and phase of the moon by Thomas Morgan of Manchester c1860.

This is a remarkably complex clock for a regulator with calendar. It must really be considered a borderline example due the ease of reading the dial. The case is of walnut and above the panelled plinth it is glazed at the front and sides and around the arched top. There is carved fretwork below the circular dial.

The dial has no less than six subsidiary dials and is laid out in a regulator fashion. The main dial is a centre seconds dial. With the hour dial at 9 o’clock and the minute dial at 3. At 6 o’clock is the date dial with the signature on either side of it. At 12 o’clock is the month dial with. On its right, the days of the week and on the left the dial showing the age and phase of the moon.

The substantial movement has a dead-beat escapement and maintaining power. The pendulum has a wood rod and heavy lead bob covered in a brass as are the substantial weights.

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regulator mechanism with pendulum
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regulators cogs on back of mechanism
regulators cogs on back of mechanism
regulators cogs on back of mechanism
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Clock mechanism with a bell
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Frodsham Library Clock restoration

Here we have a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock with silent escapement powered from a double fusee striking mechanism. Set in a beautiful walnut case with inlayed brass, this particular clock came in for a full restoration and was in quite a poor state of repair. We must say that the finished Timepiece look splendid.

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 a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock
 a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock
 a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock
 a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock